Many stars have been expressing their dissatisfaction with sasaeng fans for their unacceptable acts. “Cultwo’s Veranda Show” has interviewed few of the “die-hard” fans who explained what they do, and why they do it.
One “regular” fans explained the differences between a regular fan and a sasaeng fan: “We like our oppas with an innocent heart. But sasaeng fans follow them around their private lives 24/7.”
A former manager shared: “Of course they go to their house, and they are also present at the studio and broadcast station. It is really a dangerous situation because they use sa-taek [sasaeng taxi, illegal taxi that sasaeng fans take to follow celebrities around].”
Then, a former sasaeng fans, who led this life for over four years, explained why she decided to become a “die-hard” fan: “Because I can talk with the celebrities directly. When I’m around their dorms or wherever, I can let myself be known to them and I can have a conversation with them. We can become close so that’s why I would go there. Whenever a celebrity notices me, I feel satisfisfaction. Possessiveness.”
Another person, who was a sasaeng fan for six years, confessed: “Just to see them for three seconds, we wait thirty hours because we like those three seconds. We would use the newspapers as bed sheets and sleep in front of their dorms. At first we did it because we like the members, but later on we did it because we became addicted to it. The sasaeng taxis follow the celebrities’ vans really well. The sasaeng taxis even compete with each other. While riding in a sasaeng taxi, I realized that I could end up dying this way.”
A current sasaeng fan stated: “I used to run after TVXQ and now I’ve moved onto another group. Sasaeng fans include a wide range of ages from people in elementary school to their 40s. Some pregnant women even come and stay up all night. There are also a lot of Chinese and Japanese fans.”
She later explained that sasaeng fans who touch or hit the idols are the worst, saying: “Once a member was walking out and a sasaeng fan went behind him and grabbed his hair, making the celebrity fall backwards. That celebrity hurt his tailbone because of the incident. She did it because she wanted to be remembered even if it was in a bad way.”
What do you think of sasaeng fans?
Article by: Karolina
Edited by: Mariam